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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 15, 2012
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Va. State Parks seeks participants for 2012 statewide AmeriCorps program

additional contact:
Gaston Rouse
vspycc@dcr.virginia.gov
Dir. Community Engagement and Volunteerism
(703) 583-5497

(RICHMOND) - Applications for the Virginia State Parks AmeriCorps Interpretive Project are now being accepted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The summer program provides opportunities for selected AmeriCorps members to serve by actively increasing public awareness of the Virginia's natural, historical and cultural resources. The program also increases volunteerism at parks while improving AmeriCorps members' job skills and leadership abilities.

Applications are accepted through March 31, 2012. Applicants must be at least 17 years old.

Members will be placed in 27 state parks across Virginia. Interested applicants can find more information and must apply online at www.americorps.gov. For more information, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov or call 703-232-0667.

Members will receive intensive interpretive training and develop volunteer management, customer service and water craft skills. They will serve 675 hours between April and September by helping park staff develop, promote and deliver high quality interpretive programs for park visitors. Members will also focus on expanding park volunteer programs and encouraging local involvement in park projects.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Each year, AmeriCorps offers adults of all ages and backgrounds more than 75,000 opportunities to meet critical needs in communities across America. Benefits of serving include a modest living allowance and an educational benefit at the end of service.

The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. The corporation leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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